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"Fifers' Day"

A lovely old custom in the Salzkammergut tourist region

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Fifers' Day on the mountain pasture in the Salzkammergut tourist region

The fifers meet up every year for Assumption Day on 15 August on a mountain pasture in the Salzkammergut tourist region.

The fifers

The art of playing the fife has been maintained for hundreds of years. The fife itself is a predecessor to the flute. The little wooden pipe is held up to the side like its famous sister. This instrument is brought to life again every year on a mountain pasture in the Salzkammergut tourist region. Several hundreds of traditionalists of all ages meet here, sit together in the lust green grass of the mountain pastures and play old passed down pieces: marches, folk dances or satirical "Gstanzl" songs Depending totally on the mood, simply playing what they like.

Strict rules

Only the fifers, drummers and Jew's harpists can play music until midday. Anyone who does not stick to this is asked to leave. The accordion and zither can only be unpacked in the afternoon. Traditionally it is always announced towards the end where the fifers' day will take place next year - advertising is not necessary for this beautiful custom.

The 2015 Fifers' Day - Blaa Alm

This year the musicians unpacked their instruments on the Blaa Alm. We are excited about which mountain pasture will be allowed to host the Fifers' Day in 2016. According to unconfirmed sources the Fifers' Day is supposed to take place on a mountain pasture near Bad Ischl in 2016.

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